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solution to save medicare makes no changes for people 55 or older. >> congressman keith ellison on why ryan's medicare change is bad for america. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez has died of cancer at the age of 58. what does this mean for u.s. relations? we'll bring you the latest. >>> a civil rights hero wants the washington redskins to change their offensive name. it will take an act of congress to get nfl owners to move on this. >>> the path to citizenship, which i would support -- >> jeb bush flips. >> we can't continue to make illegal immigration an easier path than legal immigration. >> flops. >> i'm for it. >> and flips again. the big panel weighs in on jeb's radical immigration 360. >>> holy cow! >> comedian stephen colbert's sister has her eye on a south carolina house seat. tonight we're talking to democratic candidate elizabeth colbert bush. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. i thought we would start with a little basketball tonight since it's march madness. this gentleman is dean smith, one of the all-time greats at the university of north carolin
obama wants to deliver change we can believe in but he can't do it alone. it's thursday march 28th. i'm alex wagner. this is "now." >>> want to make sure every american is listening today. >> the president's in-box is at capacity. gun control. immigration reform and that whole grand bargain thing. how much power does he have to get it done? david axelrod breaks it down. does politics imitate art? oscar winner barry levinson and "new york times" frank bruney on the culture curve. the rominee returns. mitt tries to convince us he's normal. >> the market is surging but the paychecks are paltry. what gives with the american economy. >>> have some inner growth i never experienced. >>> and disgraced governor turned drug counselor jim mcgreevey talks redemption and second chances. >>> surrounded by mothers who lost children to gun violence, this afternoon, president obama remembered the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >> shame on us if we've forgotten. i haven't forgotten those kids. shame on us if we've forgotten. >> that line highlighted the fundamental problem for the white house. it's b
with the bartender who changed political history. tonight, the footage you haven't seen including the heroic act that convinced scott prody he needed to release the tape. >> looking back on it, it's one of the proudest moments of my life. >>> they're refighting the vietnam war over at cpac. >> vietnam was winnable, but people in washington decided we would not win it. >>> howard fineman has a wrap-up of the conservative conclave. >>> plus more republican obstruction of appointees has democrats fuming. i'll ask former senator tom daschle if harry reid needs to revisit the filibuster reform. >>> and yesterday it was the president. now democratic leadership looks like they may cave on social security. i'll ask the big congressional panel where they stand. >>> good to have you with us, folks, thanks for watching. people around the country are still buzzing about the man behind the 47% video who revealed his identity on this show last night. now, today the world is getting to know the real scott prody. he described himself on this program as a regular guy. he's got bills to pay, he struggles in the m
and changing underneath your feet. so that's what i think about when israel's faced with these challenges. that sense of an israel that is surrounded by many in this region who still reject it and many in fact world who refuse to accept it. that's why the security of the jewish people in israel is so important. it cannot be taken for granted. but make no mistake. those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting israel's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them or the sky above because israel's not going anywhere. [ applause ] and today i want to tell you, particularly the young people, so that there's no mistake here, so long as there is a united states of america -- [ speaking foreign language ] you are not alone. the question is, what kind of future israel will look forward to? israel is not going anywhere, but especially for the young people in this audience, the question is, what does its future hold? and that brings me to the subject of peace. i know israel has taken risks for peace. brave leaders reached treaties with two of your neighbors. you made credible pro
right now. obviously things can change, depending on negotiations. keep in mind tom coburn want the only republican in the game here. we have a number of republicans they're looking at. mark kirk who does not have a good nra rating, is a coresponsibilitiesor or was a co-sponsor for schumer. he's looking for other people to get. coburn is the one they wanted to get, because he thought he could bring 15 or more republicans with him, but there are different areas to getting this through the senate. >>> joe biden said today he wasn't giving up on a ban. he joined mayor bloomberg and families of the newtown connecticut shooting victims that called for the ban despite harry reid's decision to not include it in an overall gun bill. let's listen to the vp. >> for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too heart, how can they say that, when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them? and those six teachers and at march tors? for all those who say we shouldn't or couldn't ban high-capacity magazines, i ask the
? >> political leaders will not take risks unless the people push them. you must create the change that you want to see. michael: he fights the sodas the obesities now the u.s. senate, mayor bloomberg in new york. >> in the end that congress has to decide is is it politically popular or whether the hard thing is the right thing to do. michael: and this jodie arias trial of which i've heard very little is literally turning the legal community on its head. >> soon after the investigator walked out the door, jodie walks to the wall and does a head stand. actually, it's yoga pose. michael: it's chenk uygur's birthday. it is go time. ♪ theme ♪ michael: in a trip tole middle east that was marked by a lot of people saying why is he going there's no peace plan, no triangulated talks arranged, but the president made a really good speech getting tails and function wagging in the middle east. he spoke to israeli students today. there's your president, barack obama. >> you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently procures. >> the speech was build as the centerpiece to the trip to the m
, as a three-term senator i'm wondering how much have you seen a change in d.c. since you left office? >> well, when i ran for office the first time in 1978, my primary and general election campaigns cost $26 million. jon corzine won in 2000 which was over a decade ago, spent $63 million. >> john: that was just the buffet. >> much of it his own. >> john: i guess citizens united united is assigned the culpability in this. but it seems like it was going on to a great -- >> oh, yeah, citizens united just turbocharged what was the problem. that $318 million i'm talking about from the finance industry didn't come because of citizens united. citizens united is super paced. these are institutions that make contributions through their own pacs and individuals and money and then visit a congressman or senator and talk about an issue. from my standpoint lobbyists are often very helpful. they bring information. you have to break the link between the lobbyist and money. and so let them off of their advice make their arguments but then an hour later, don't go down to the back room of the bar and get $10,00
to take some risks. you must create the change that you want to see. >> you must create the change that you want to see. in america or in israel. those are important words. and those that take the risk are the only ones that take change. change does not come. without the risk of doing something different without the risk of being misunderstood, without the risk of being criticized. but once the change occurs, all of the criticism and all of the risks mean nothing because the change will be there for all of the good reasons that you committed yourself to it in the first place. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> gunfight. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. the shooting has begun at the ok corral. you want to stop the sale of assault weapons. go for it. joe biden says it's always a chance. the news from the battle is it's gown do background checks, which i hear could go either way. we might end up with the horror of newtown with nothing more than something about trafficking, secondhand purchases, but for all t
, just tell whausz you want us to be. we'll change for you. just tell us what you want us to do. we'll do it. that's not a political party. that's just a bunch of pandering idiots. is that the nature of ryan priebus effort? we want everybody to vote republican but we don't want it to matter too much to them on abortion and gay rights and cultural values. we don't want those to get in the way. >> i don't think that's exactly what the report did. i honestly -- >> did it mention sany of this stuff? >> i think priebus did a pretty good job saying we have a problem. i think people are going to interpret the report the way they want. one of the things that i thought it was problematic, they never said, look, we we have "x" core values. there's a home for them in the republican party but they never re-established the core values. some of the things relative to the presidential primaries. built in were biases which help wealthy candidates and frankly hurt tee party candidates and libertarians and that's billed throughout the effort. i do think it was a good effort. i think it's just a start. >> i
. there is no nice way to tell seniors you're changing social security. to tell latinos we're profiling you, we're suppressing your vote. we don't need a smile. we need new policies. thank you for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> religious war. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. i'm not washington. let me start tonight with this. you can't steer a car with the engine off. it's problem with the republican party today. get rid of the cultural right, abortion and gay marriage, all those began who moving to the republican party over prayer in public school years ago and you kill one giant engine. get rid of the whackos as john mccain cats them and you lose another engine. all the libertarians who just want government out of their face and out of their lives and you kell another engine. try to do what reince priebus is doing right now and you will see the problem, try steering the car with your engine dead. try steering the political party once you kill the motor. you set out to kill the big motors of the republican party itself. for pr
. then, are how will the new pope change the catholic church? as the world celebrates easter pope francis must shepherd the church out of scandal. we will talk with the archbishop of washington. plus, north korea enters a state of war against south korea. we will ask our sunday panel have the firey threats reached the danger point? and our power player of the week, 9 untold story of how a doctor saved the life of ronald reagan. all right now on "fox news sunday." >> chris: hello again and happy easter from hannon: andnda ooton arom fox news in washington. after months of debate, the senate is finally ready to vote on new gun control legislation. one of the people at the center of the issue is mark kelly, retired astronaut and navy captain and the husband of former congress woman gabby giffords who was shot two years ago. captain kelly joins us from tucson, arizona. after newtown there was internationalout rage over -- national outrage over the acts of mass violence but that has begun to change. cbs has a new poll just aicaler the massacre 57% supported stricter gun controls and now that i
're trying to do. but governor bush seemed to change his stance somewhat during a series of recent interviews prompting tough criticism from senate majority leader harry reid. >> let's wait for a few minutes and see how jeb bush changes his mind again. his opinion on immigration is not evolving. it's devolving. he keeps going backwards. i think he's frankly made a fool of himself the last 24 hours. frankly, on this issue, i don't think jeb bush is a florida leader. i think marco rubio is. bush has been elected to nothing lately. rubio is the leader on immigration. >> okay. joe, a new poll by latino decisions shows immigration reform is by far the most important issue for hispanic voters. that's by the economy and jobs, education and health care. >> john heilemann, let's talk, john heilemann, about your next book. bush -- "game change 2016." i think this may have to be the opening scene of jeb getting out of a cab in the middle of the dark, you know, in a cold march morning and walking into the "today" show when announcing that he's changed his mind. i mean, the second i heard it, i said, the
that the white house with promises of change, and no such thing. there are dick cheney policies and worse. attorney general said yes i did not stutter, we can execute u.s. citizens and we don't have to give them a trial. of all people, rand paul stands up. they now have been doing a filibuster led by rand paul as you see there for eight hours joined by eight different senators to help them along by asking questions of. of those eight senators only one is a democrat, and he deserves a lot of credit. there he is. where are the other senators? where are the other democrats? where are the so-called progressives? where are the so-called liberals of the senate. where is elizabeth warren, where is burnie sanders. i'll talk to you in a second about what he thinks about this. there he is live, rand paul still going. i disagree with rand paul in a hundred different ways but god bless him for standing up on this. >> it's equivalent to making war on the country than the johnson and nixon administrations should have bombed every elite college in america in the early 1960s. >> cenk: now, look he mentio
, thank you, sam stein and cynthia tucker. >>> for all of the republican's hopeful talk of changes to be made and lessons learned, their tomorrow is looking an awful lot like their yesterday. the gop leadership is nowhere to be seen or heard on same-sex marriage. not a peep. also, months after the election, there's a fight for the leadership republican party between two newcomers, marco rubio and libertarian rand paul. their fight may well determine who the gop runs in 2016. >>> plus, you had to say shalom. president obama's historic trip to israel. the president has seemed to won over many skeptical israelis and they may have real political consequences back here. >> sarah palin is back, or was that tina fey with james lipton. >> same-sex marriage, what is your view on that? >> well, the bible says it's gross. a lot of the amazing people that i met in the audience of "dancing with the stars" seems to feel that way. >> right. >> but no. >> that might just be the best political impression ever. this is "hardball," a place for politics. hello. is this where we do that bundling thing?
what i sense from a lot of people i've been talking to is this fear that somehow america has changed, our people has changed, that we reached this point in time and we have too many people in america that want too much from government and that maybe the changes that have happened are irreversible and that it will never be the same again. i want you to understand that's not true. our people have not changed. the vast majority of the american people are hardworking taxpayers who take responsibility for their families, go to work every day. they pay their mortgage on time. they volunteer in the community. this is what the vast majority of american people still are. what's changed is the world around us. it's changed in dramatic ways. just think how much the world has changed in the last 10 years. the global economy is real. we don't live in a national economy any more. everything you buy, everything you sell, everything you touch it's all impacted by things that are happening halfway around the world. the information age is real. it's made our lives easier. it's allowed you right now to
of progress so that the public sense of urgency has really tipped. it's changed viscerally and seismically. so i think that as long as we can sustain that sense of urgency, as long as people in congress hear from the country, i think it can be passed. we flew knew it was going to be uphill job. it was always going to be a marathon, not a sprint. and the asaul weapons ban was always the most ambitious, the politically tough else of all these provisions. and i am going to be proud to be with dianne feinstein in supporting this measure when it's offered as an amendment and i hope that it will pass. >> today the news out of colorado was so shocking in terms of the death of the corrections commissioner last night, shot on the doorstep of his home. that happening just hours before the colorado governor was due to sign three new pieces of gun reform legislation into law. obviously there's no reason for us to believe that the incidents are connected other than the fact that it was a gun murder. just a remarkable confluence of hid lines though. i wonder how you view the fact that colorado and also new
talking about it for months and now it is almost upon us. big changes to the golden gate bridge. on wednesday the bridge will switch to an all electric system meaning no more toll takers. you can pay by fast track or a camera will record your license plate and send you a bill. the change can save time when you cross the bridge. the board of directors voted to raise the speed limit from 5 to 25 miles per hour. >>> an amazing display of teamwork that should leave kids smiling. volunteers from shutter fly built an entire playground in six hours at the eden area ymca. >> biggest thing this has done is get our name out into the community to tell people that we are back and we are going to have a strong presence in this community and it has been amazing. the mayor is coming, the city council is coming, firefighters are here. they are helping us build this playground today so we can change lives for the better. >> the design came from children's drawings. >> how cool is that? >> very cool. >>> let's bring in our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri. a cool temperature. but outside, we are
, it is. i feel the president is very committed to seeing a change and following through with it, continuously pushing to -- not to forget about what happened in newtown. >> what did he say to you alone backstage? did he talk to you separately from the camera? >> no, no. >> let me go to lori about this. when you saw this happen up there, connecticut, you lived through the tragedy down in virginia tech. these have become iconic events. >> absolutely. they're hard to stomach. they're hard to imagine and hard to live with and deal with. americans, in particular, mothers and fathers listen to the news coming out of newtown and said, not again, not our children. and we're not going to have this happen any longer. >> what's your reaction when you hear the nra people, like wayne lapierre on television? he's very skilled at demagoguery. whatever you want to call it. he's able to whip up fear on the part of the gun owners that somehow there's going to be national registration, going to be national confiscation. everybody's coming into your closet, into your garage and we're going to get y
obtaining a nuclear weapon. not just to contain, but to prevent. do you foresee, martin, any change from the administration towards iran either in action or tone? >> i would imagine that the administration does not want any change for the time being. and i would just like to add to your introduction. i'm not sure it is true to say israel trust the united states completely. they need to say that they do and they need to believe the united states because they are still -- that serves a lot of questions being asked and that is one of the key issues that the two leaders will be discussing. netanyahu will be asking obama, prove to me, show me, that you really will take military action if necessary, if economic sanctions and diplomacy do work then you can stop iran from getting a nuclear bomb. israel really is an skoesten shl issue. that is a question in israel's mind. whether the united states will change its policies at the moment, of course, that will depend on progress in iran. and there is real progress. the question is in iran, how close are they actually to in terms of enriching uranium
and no amount of public shaming could change that fact. >> quite honestly, i'm really aashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up, make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> with the assault weapons ban out of picture for the time being, the focus is now on those universal background checks. the overwhelming majority of americans are for universal background checks. 88% of voters say they support these checks according to the latest polling from quinnipiac. as for gun owners, 85% of gun owners support background checks. late last night majority heard harry reid issued this statement, i want to be clear in order to be effective, any bill that passes the senate must include background checks. a welcome statement but senator chuck schumer is still searching for republican co-sponsor. then there's the question of the house. speaker john boehner hinted at support earlier this week. >> do you think background checks and improving background checks might be part of that? >> they should actually do a real background check on ev
of gabrielle giffords. a fox news sunday exclusive. >>> then how w will the new pop change the catholic church? as the world celebrates easter, pope francis must shepherd the church out of scandal and confront challenges to catholic doctrine, we'll talk with the archbishop of washington, cardinal donald wuerl. and north korea enters a state of war against south korea. we'll ask our sunday panel, have the fiery threats reached the danger point. and our power player of the week. the untold story of how a doctor saved the life of ronald reagan. all, right now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and, hello, again, and happy easter from fox news in washington. well, after months of debate, the senate is finally ready to vote on new gun control legislation. one of the people at the center of the issue is mark kelly, retired astronaut, navy captain and the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords who was shot two years ago. captain kelly joins us from tucson, arizona. captain, after newtown, there was national outrage over these acts of mass violence but that has begun to change. cbs has a n
, would cause massive suffering in america, the president has now changed his tune. >> this is not going to be an apocalypse as some people have said. it's just dumb. it's going to hurt. it's going to hurt individual people and it's going to hurt the economy overall. >> bill: well, that may or may not be true because the apocalypse line is interesting. no question that the president's acolytes were pounding the disaster drum. >> we don't need to be having something like sequestration that's going to cause these job losses, over 170 million jobs that could be lost. >> 150,000 correct the number of job loss. >> 750. >> at least. >> that's insane. >> it's not even close to being true. watters and pelosi were misleading everybody. they don't know what they are talking about. in fact, a short time later watters' spokesperson said that the number is 170,000 jobs lost down from 170 million. that's just bull as well. nobody knows how the spending cuts are going to play out. what we do know is that president obama and his party tried to scare the american people into pressuring the republicans to
that the years old, that dinosaurs and people occupied the same time. change. i mean, they've got people like preppers and birthers and god knows whatnot over there. to believe when rand paul says that -- by the way, freedomworks, you remember this clown outfit, paid dick armey an million severance and they get papers out and everything? they're supporting rand paul to the nth degree. for one minute that he doesn't have deep support with all these cockamamie conspiracy theories he's got going and blowing people up in restaurants in houston and bedrooms in bowling green. >> it is so over the top it's outrageous. i've never heard a senator theorize like that on the floor before. ed, you've got ten house members that are on birther bills. you had half the republican presidential field in 2008 denying evolution. i mean, this isn't just some kind of nutty thing -- this is a party -- i'm not saying all of them. but vast numbers believe in some of the weirdest stuff that you can imagine. >> yeah. well, he's definitely playing with his imagination to think -- what's he think, that the military's goin
is the changed cpi, which is really like a technical fix and inflation goes up and down and spending, it's not reform, it's something that the government should be doing anyway, and he this week, a wall street journal headline, president obama tries to woo democrats over to his side. so his problem is not with the republicans, he would probably be able to triangulate with them. the problem is on his left. where are they? you always see, there's always some courageous member of a party who stands up against his own leadership to say this is just wrong. on the democratic side i'm sure there's grumbling and i hear about it, but where is the courageous person who is going to make that public? >> nowhere. i mean, come on, it was left to rand paul to say anything about the drums. you didn't see anything, ron wyden, no one to stand up for profiles in courage in anything that i can tell. dana is right the reason that republicans are saying why hasn't-- why hasn't the senate proposed a budget or passed a budget, it's because the democrats can't agree on it. if it's within their own caucus that th
. we certainly hope that the president will change his mind and submit a plan that actually balances the budget. >> the senate plans to vote on the dueling plans and a whole series of amendments tomorrow. democrats say they favor a balanceed approach and republicans say they back a budget. >> bret: mike emanuel live on the hill. dow lost 90. s&p 500 dropped 13. the nasdaq fell 32. cyprus is officially on the clock. european bankers have given cyprus four days to come up with a new plan to avoid bankruptcy. senior foreign affairs greg palkot tells us what the hurry is. >> anger outside of the cyprus parliament. bank employees are worried they will lose their job. the both would take measure to consolidate the troubled cypriot financial failure to protect the smaller deposito depositors, said to be part of plan "b" to contribute to multibillion dollar bail out by the country. >> there is only one tactic. to save our economy and our country. >> the original plan for cyprus to tap in private bank account. it was nixed by officials after widespread outrage. a new approach includes a solid
cost you at aflac.com. >>> president obama still believes in change you can believe in. it's friday, march 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, political editor and white house correspondent, at the hu "huffington post" and as msnbc contributor, sam stein. vice president of demos, heather mcagree, politico's political reporter jake sherman and bloomberg's senior national correspondent, josh green. >>> president obama is now ming with jordan's kill abdullah. they're expected to discuss the civil war in syria as well as prospects for peace between israel and the palestinians. yesterday the president delivered a speech filled with optimism and hard truths to a room filled with israeli students, beyond endorsing a two-state solution, the president asserted that forging a lasting peace is a matter of civil rights. couching it the broader question of what it means to be a democracy. a return to the signature themes of the 2008 campaign and the early days of his presidency. as he outlined in cairo in 2009, the president began by affirming america's respect and its commitment. >> i
and real objective reporting. will anything change? . taking a page out of the obama sequester scare play book, a top democratic leader is accused of trying to tie the budget cuts to the deaths of american marines, most in the media missed this as well. a new book out about our fox news chief. what kind of attention do you think that's getting? >> writer and contributor judy miller. cal thomas. jim pinkerton, american conservative magazine and he will enratner, talk radio service. i'm jon scott, fox news watch is on right now. >> i believe that israel is rooted not just in history and tradition, but also in a simple and profound idea. the idea that people deserve to be free in a land of their own. the palestinian people's right to self-determination, their right to justice must be recognized. put yourself in their shoes and look at the world through their eyes. it is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. . >> jon: president obama speaking to a primarily jewish audience in jerusalem on thursday, be a major trip to the middle east which had some critics i
things that need to be changed in the federal government is an important exercise. , 76example, last night senators voted to eliminate the medical device tax. if you put that in the budget, if it is allowed to come up, it will go through the senate and through the house. ands counterproductive counter prudence in terms of supplying equipment to people whether it be a diabetic or a heart patient. reason why other it's good. i do not doubt that we should spend time -- there are a lot of talks that are being discussed about reaching -- reaching a grand bargaining. you've reached the president with his sleeves rolled up, working with senators of the other party and representatives and they will come to the consensus. wea note for our viewers, were talking about this on friday as the senate is taking of the democrats of budget and there is a marathon session going on. though ahead. >> senator ammann i want to talk about the way these go forward. are you saying it is important to get senators on record for a medical device tax. are there other boats were you want to get senators? is there
they live in a different society. they live in a changing united states. and that's what the republicans are very slow to adapt to. >> do you think it's better, do you think kids who are not latino who are angelo, not everybody is an anglo, north americans, whatever you want to call them, do you think they are more sensitive just by company, just by keeping company? in other words, diverse rooms, diverse communities, diverse classrooms, diverse whatever, does, in fact, make people better in terms of relationships? >> yeah. oh, yes. correct. because, you know, when you're interacting with people on a daily basis obviously you don't have divide. it's also when you have personal relationships, you see that -- we have more in common than we have different among us. >> you're so smart. you're so smart. >> this makes me think -- >> you are. i'm not being condescending. that's the key thing. we have more in common than we know. >> that's a good question. i keep thinking the republican party still is stuck in 19 -- >> if there's nobody in the room, a latino name or back groun background, nobody
. >> are they talking about it because it helps them politically or do they really think they're going to change something. >> absolutely they're talking about it because it helps them politically. they're talking to the far right of their base that really wants obamacare repealed. the problem here is that there's a practical element that they're overlooking or not talking about, which is the sheer magnitude of changing the u.s. health care system. you know, to a certain degree, the train has already left the station. republican governors in key states are resisting it. it could get even more so. but for republicans to really repeal obamacare, they're going to have to win the white house, and, you know, that's not -- their next opportunity is not for another three and a half years. >> so it does seem like the fight is moving to the states. health and human services secretary said that republican governors will eventually expand medicate because the benefits are too big to ignore. and we have seen a few big republican governors try to sign on. rick scott tried to do it in florida. although others
and that is i am thinking of prefiguring some memories and the problem it doesn't change much over 40 or 40 years. it's more pressing now and that it's been around for a long time and there were two things. 1i went to and the other i read many years ago that i thought were useful in this respect. one, chief justice burger used to have williamsburg conferences where he would invite members of congress, their staff as well as their judges to discuss all kinds of issues of interest in the judiciary of less interest in congress but some more interested and one year this was the subject, exactly this subject of how could you make the judiciary more efficient and people have a range of papers. testing, all sorts of ideas and i think that it would be perhaps interesting for you or your staff to read. the affair was lee campbell judging the first circuit was on a commission or head of the commission called the judiciary of the future or something and that was written probably 20 years ago in the east sometime and they were considering different ways of restructuring other reforms if the judiciary c
. thank you. republican senator rob portman made headlines, saying he has had a change of heart about same-sex marriage. since learning his son is gay, he no longer opposes the idea, writing, i wrestled with how to reconcile my christian faith with my desire for will to have the same desires to pursue happiness and fulfillment. and it became to the bible's overarching themes of love and compassion and we are all concern children of god. joining me now, tony perkins, president of the family search council. thanks for joining us today. >> good afternoon. >> this is a very, very difficult, delicate balance for a lot of family who is say, this is not something that i have believed in. my religion doesn't agree with this. but this is my child. and now i see it differently. >> shannon, that's right. i support senator portman for his very public display of his unconditional love for his son. i mean, as a parent myself, i think the worst thing we can do in any circumstance is to reject our child. not only is that counter productive to them, it's counter productive to society. and it does run count
it and how can we change it. d i have told them and scythed example after -- cited example after example. t's only in recent years we've seen the debilitation of the legislative process. i think it's important to engage the public as we are doing and getting ideas on how we can reform congressionally and politically as well as reform. that's important. and that's why getting a spectrum from the public across the country is going to be crucial in this regard. and then the other part of it is using and harnessing the social media to make your elected officials accountable. there is no reason they ought to be taking recesses when they are facing a sequester frankly. the debt ceiling back in 2011. half our time in the senate between january and june, half of our time was not spent on legislative business. in fact in 2011 alone, it was one of the fewest number of days we've been in session since 1992 and here it was coinciding with one of the event that created the highest level of policy uncertainty of any event over the last 20 years, surpassing the wars, surpassing the financial crieses, sept
direction and changes and giving them something to plan ahead on so they can actually manage the job that west coast tasked them to do i think -- we have tasked them to do i think has been horrible over the last three years. a grand bargain, everybody needs -- knows what it needs to be made of. what is hard to get to is the political dynamics in terms of how it affects elections. and the biggest disease in washington in my opinion, is people care more about the next election than they do the future of the country. so if we get to a grand bargain ul have some people come off and quit worrying about whether or not they want to get reelected and try to fix the country and if we don't it will be about people protecting their political positions and the country will suffer markedly from it. >> on that point, the house this week passed what by most measures would be considered a highly political document, their budget. the senate is getting ready to pass its own budget which is another political document. neither -- >> it is just as highly political. >> i am not disagreeing. neither has a
it a federal crime to move guns unlawfully against state line and changing things on books there. something people will talk about as a success if that gets through. so much focus on background checks. one of the big questions from people who are still hesitant about that is what would it actually do in a practical sense if you've got a neighbor-to-neighbor selling a weapon or a family member to another and how would that work in practical terms. the idea of background checks has broiad support but it gets down to the specifics. watch for the senators from red states up for re-election and the pressure is greatest on them. they are away two weeks now from washington, back home, and there will be pressure on them. they will hear from their constituents about what to do from this. if you don't have much support, if any, among republicans, you need those democrats to get it through. >> hey, mark, give me a sense of harry reid's role in this. he wants to keep that title senate majority leader. navigating through these ice floes of this. >> it's already on the side of those who would like to see
to lose their seats in 2014 and i think we can change the congress over this issue. i mean, what is killing 87 americans a day? not the debt ceiling? it's gun violence, and it's unrestricted access to guns by criminals and the mentally ill, thanks to the capitol managements and the nras of the world who are arming criminals and -- and controlling our hard-fought democracy. we have got to take your democracy back. there are way more of us than there are of those lunatics in the nra, and their benefactors in the gun industry. but we have to hold our congress people accountable. >> michael: it seems, john noot to sort of douse your flames on this, it seems like they are calling. thanks goodness there is bloomberg to counter these people for the first time. isn't the moment going away now? i know we said that about gabby giffords, and i thought that was going to be the moment and it clearly wasn't, now i thought this was a no-brainer. what has to happen? >> i'm afraid something far worse than newtown. as we get further and further away from newtown, we're seeing
, but it changes the definition of what it means to be a friend. and that, it seems to me what supporters of proposition 8 are saying here. all you're interested in is the label and you insist on changing the definition of the label. >> that is the voice of chief justice john roberts there. >> if you're over the age of 55, you don't help us serve the government's interest and regulate through marriage so why is that different? >> your honor, even with respect to couples over the age of 55, it is very rare that both parties to the couple are infertile and the traditional. >> no, because if a couple -- i can just assure you if both the woman and the man are over the age of 55, there are not a lot of children coming out of that marriage. >> that's elena kagan right there. jonathan capehart, how old were you? seriously? >> no. move on. >> no. this is good. this is a fair question. >> not over 50. >> jonathan, let's start our conversation with you. it's always a treat to listen into the supreme court. we don't get to hear that very often. what did you take away from what you heard yesterday? >
? once you change one definition, you kind of take the power away from the states to define the institution. >> paul: james, how did you see the debate? >> well, i wouldn't read too much into that question from justice sotomayor, i think she asked a pertinent question, but doesn't necessarily tell us how it's going to vote. and the one that's going to be the key here, is justice kennedy. he didn't want to take up that discriminates against gays. so, likely opposition in the prop 8 case, kick it back saying that the people appealing it don't have standing because the state is not defending its law. the effect of that would be that the ruling would stand and california would have same-sex marriage, but have no legal precedence and no effect on other states. >> paul: let's go to the federal statute and justice kennedy, who raised a question about that law on federalism grounds, that is the tension between state and federal power. let's listen. >> you are at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the power which is to regulate mar
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